Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné
Patricia Hills, PhD, Founder and Director | Abigael MacGibeny, MA, Project Manager
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30.1 Euro Portraits, Men

Johnson went to Europe in 1849 to learn techniques for creating figure paintings in oil. However, he had been a professional portrait draughtsman in Boston and Washington, D.C. for at least five years before that. In those early drawings he had a keen sense of creating heads using light tones and shadowed areas to create a strong three-dimensional effect. Studying the works of Rembrandt at The Hague inspired him to use the same techniques for his oil portraits. —PH

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Hills no. 30.1.4
Mr. Kooiman
Alternate titles: Portrait of Kooiman; Portrait of Mr. Kooiman
1853, January 2 or February 1
Oil on canvas
13 3/8 x 11 13/16 in. (34 x 30 cm)
Inscribed upper right: Zuiderberg 1.2.1853; upper left: [name?]/born 8-9-1833
Record last updated March 30, 2022. Please note that the information on this and all pages is periodically reviewed and subject to change.
Citation: Hills, Patricia, and Abigael MacGibeny. "Mr. Kooiman, 1853, January 2 or February 1 (Hills no. 30.1.4)." Eastman Johnson Catalogue Raisonné. https://www.eastmanjohnson.org/catalogue/entry.php?id=902 (accessed on October 3, 2023).